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Energy Efficiency

September 2016
Torex continues to introduce innovative solutions using our proprietary CMOS processes, to deliver high performance Analog circuits with ever lower power consumption for today’s demanding applications. During electronica, Torex will be introducing our new range of high temperature products, qualified
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09/30/2016
PI's SCALE-2 plug-and-play gate drivers suit a range of IGBT modules

SCALE-2 Plug-and-Play Gate Drivers

Power Integrations, a leader in IGBT and MOSFET driver technology for medium- and high-voltage inverter applications, introduced the 1SP0350V SCALETM-2 single-channel +15/-10 V plug-and- play gate driver. Optimally suited to high-reliability applications in the HVDC and railway industries, the 1SP0350 gate driver
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09/30/2016
Energy conservation and reduction in CO2-emissions are key factors in mitigating global warming and preserving our future environment. These positive trends are leading to wider usage of power semiconductors in energy conversion systems supplying the rapidly growing global energy demand. IGBT (Insulated Gate
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09/29/2016

RS components' Live truck tour to educate and inspire existing and future engineers

RS Live, an impressive 35-tonne mobile experience

RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents, a distributor for engineers, announced RS Live, an impressive 35-ton mobile experience that is touring across northern and central Europe over the next 12 months showcasing innovation to customers, academic institutions and local communities. Through
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09/29/2016
Linear's automotive bidirectional synchronous buck/boost controller can increase available power

LTC3871 100V/30V bidirectional two phase synchronous buck or boost controller

Linear Technology Corporation announced the LTC3871, a 100V/30V bidirectional two phase synchronous buck or boost controller, ideal for 48V/12V automotive dual battery systems. Current 12V automotive systems are reaching their 3kW power limit due to the ever-increasing demand for more electrical devices. A newly
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09/29/2016
Allegro launches automotive multi-output power management IC with buck or buck/boost pre-regulator

Allegro’s A4413

Allegro MicroSystems Europe has announced a new power management IC that can be configured as a buck or buck-boost pre-regulator to efficiently convert automotive battery voltages into a tightly regulated intermediate voltage complete with control, diagnostics, and protections. The output of Allegro’s A4413
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09/29/2016
Winners of the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards announced

Housing Innovation Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized 34 of the nation's leading builders at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas. The winners were selected by a diverse panel of builders, architects, and industry
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09/29/2016
Vishay's dual-asymmetric-packaged MOSFETs for automotive now at Rutronik

12V SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET device

Distributor Rutronik presents the first AEC-Q101-qualified 12V and 20V MOSFETs in a dual asymmetric package from Vishay. The Vishay Siliconix SQJ202EP and SQJ200EP n-channel TrenchFET devices are optimized for high-side and low-side synchronous buck applications. The 12V SQJ202EP and 20V SQJ200EP
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09/28/2016
Nichicon and Mouser's new audio design kit contains caps well-suited for sound

Nichicon’s Audio Series Kit

Nichicon America, an industry leader in aluminum capacitors, has done it again with an audio design kit that’s a must-have for audio engineers and enthusiats. The Audio Series Kit, sold exclusively for Nichicon by Mouser Electronics, contains the best from Nichicon’s audio capacitor lineup. With 14 specific
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09/27/2016
PSDcast - Brian White of TrendPoint on smart power in data centers

Brian White of TrendPoint

In this PSDcast Brian White of TrendPoint talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the smart energy space and how it applies to data center efficiency. TrendPoint Systems designs and engineers flexible, scalable and cost-effective
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09/27/2016
GE BoostLynx addresses the Catch-22 of power architecture design

BoostLynx DC-DC step-up converter

Space is a major concern for any power architect looking to add features and capacity to their designs. Power architects and board designers are constantly searching for ways to pack as many features and as much capacity as possible into electrical systems while also maintaining a reduced footprint. This creates
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09/23/2016
Norstel will participate in ECSCRM 2016 in Halkidiki, Greece, 25-29 Sep 2016 The European Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ECSCRM) is a highly-anticipated event, held every two years, that represents an important international forum that brings together world-leading specialists
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09/23/2016
Toshiba launches low-input current drive, rail-to-rail output gate-drive photocouplers

Low-input current drive, rail-to-rail output, gate-drive photocouplers

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced a series of low-input current drive, rail-to-rail output, gate-drive photocouplers. With a threshold input current of 2mA (max), half the 4mA (max) of Toshiba’s existing products[1], the new photocouplers allow bufferless direct drive of low- to medium-power IGBTs
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09/23/2016
Linear's latest rail-to-rail LDO+ now in high-temp, 150°C H-grade in TSSOP package

LT3086 in the TSSOP package

Linear Technology announced a new higher temperature “H-grade” version of the LT3086 in the TSSOP package. The LT3086 is part of Linear’s feature-rich LDO+ family, offering significant functionality previously unavailable in linear regulators. The 40V, 2.1A low dropout linear regulator (LDO) includes current
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09/23/2016
Mouser now stocking the low-power Intel Curie module for wearables

Intel Curie Module

Mouser Electronics, a leading distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the highly anticipated Intel Curie module, a complete low-power solution designed for use in wearable devices and consumer and industrial edge solutions. Powered by the Intel Quark SE
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09/23/2016
MicroPower Direct offers compact, wide-input, 50W railway DC/DC converters

MR50SRW series

The MR50SRW series, now available from MicroPower Direct, is a family of single output 50W converters packaged in a compact 2.28 x 1.45 inch case. They are designed to provide the wide input range, robust filtering, rugged packaging and high reliability required for railway/transit applications. Eight
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09/23/2016
Eaton’s latest 3V supercaps deliver increased energy capacity

TV supercapacitors

Power management company Eaton announced its new TV supercapacitors with 3-volt (V) cells that help increase stored energy capacity and power by 20 percent compared to 2.7V cells. Working either in conjunction with or as standalone alternatives to batteries, TV supercapacitors help reduce maintenance requirements
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09/22/2016
Dengrove stocks Recom's latest DC/DC converters optimized for SiC power apps

RKZ-xx2005D and RxxP22005D series

Dengrove Electronic Components has introduced the latest DC/DC converters from RECOM, which have the features needed to power silicon-carbide (SiC) MOSFET drivers in efficiency-focused applications like electric vehicles (EVs), renewable-energy conversion, and high-power industrial drives. The
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09/22/2016
Arrow Electronics has confirmed a new distribution agreement with Novasom Industries, a engineering company that develops advanced technology solutions for products and processes in the fields of embedded electronics. The agreement will cover the entire EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa).
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09/22/2016
Silicon Labs claims first custom solid-state relay based on CMOS isolation tech

CMOS-based Si875x isolated FET drivers

Silicon Labs has introduced a groundbreaking CMOS-based isolated field effect transistor (FET) driver family that enables developers to use their choice of application-specific, high-volume FETs to replace outmoded electromechanical relays (EMRs) and optocoupler-based solid-state relays (SSRs). The new Si875x
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09/22/2016
Vicor announced the addition of two new buck-boost regulators to its Cool-Power ZVS Regulator portfolio. Delivering up to 200 Watts at greater than 97% efficiency, these new Cool-Power Regulators incorporate Vicor’s proprietary high frequency zero-voltage switching (ZVS) technology and feature best-in-class
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09/21/2016
AMP Group releases non-isolated digital 60A PoL standard

Architects of Modern Power (AMP Group)

The Architects of Modern Power (AMP Group) consortium announced an additional standard aimed at establishing common mechanical and electrical specifications for the development of advanced power conversion technology for distributed power systems. The ‘gigaAMP’ standard, introduced to provide a higher current
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09/20/2016
General Motors Co. said Wednesday it is committing to power all of its global operations completely by renewable energy by 2050. The Detroit automaker said its goal is to generate or source electrical power for 350 facilities in 59 countries with renewable wind, sun and landfill gas energy during the next three-plus
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09/20/2016
Fairchild launches SuperFET III MOSFET family

SuperFET III MOSFETs

Fairchild Semiconductor, now part of ON Semiconductor, introduced its SuperFET III family of 650V N-channel MOSFETs, the company’s new generation of MOSFETs that meet the higher power density, system efficiency and exceptional reliability requirements of the latest telecom, server, electric vehicle (EV) charger
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09/20/2016
Wolfspeed claims highest-power L-Band radar GaN HEMT

900W CGHV14800 GaN HEMT

Wolfspeed, a Cree company and a leading supplier of GaN-on-SiC high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) with best-in-class reliability, will release the highest power 50V GaN HEMT demonstrated to date — its 900W CGHV14800 GaN HEMT for L-Band radar applications
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09/20/2016
Linear's latest monolithic synchronous step-up Silent Switcher LED driver dims smoothly

The LT3922 monolithic, synchronous, step-up DC/DC converter

The LT3922 is a monolithic, synchronous, step-up DC/DC converter with internal 40V, 2A power switches and an internal PWM generator. Its fixed frequency peak current mode control accurately regulates current within ±2% for a string of LEDs up to 34V. Its integrated PWM generator offers up to 128:1 dimming ratio.
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09/19/2016
TDK's wide-input-range 15W DC-DC converters have six-sided shielding

TDK-Lambda 15W CCG15S series DC-DC converters

TDK announced the introduction of the TDK-Lambda 15W CCG15S series of DC-DC converters, further extending the CCG product family. Operating over a 4:1 input range, these highly efficiency products are enclosed in a 1 inch by 1 inch six-sided shielded metal case. Applications include telecommunications, process
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09/19/2016
The future of mobility comes to electronica 2016

More than 800 companies from the automotive-electronics industry will be showcasing, and in total there will be over 2800 exhibitors

In the future, mobility will be shaped by developments in automotive electronics: Smart lighting, autonomous driving and connected vehicles—to name just a few catchwords—are closely related to electronic components and software developed around the world now and in the future. electronica, the World's Leading
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09/16/2016
Digital LED driver ICs from Infineon offer flicker-free control and low stand-by power

XDPL8220 LED driver

The XDPL8220 from Infineon Technologies extends their product portfolio of digital and configurable LED driver ICs. The IC enables the lighting industry to realize essential features for smart lighting and increases the benefits for both, end user and manufacturers. The primary side control of this device saves
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09/16/2016
Aluminum electrolytic capacitors in more compact designs for snap-in use

B43640* and B43644* series aluminum electrolytic capacitors

TDK presents more compact versions within the B43640* and B43644* series of aluminum electrolytic capacitors with a snap-in design for rated voltages of 400 V and 450 V. In comparison with the previous versions they are up to 15 percent more compact. All types are suitable for a maximum operating temperature
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09/16/2016
XP Power launches digitally-controlled 1U configurable power platform

nanofleX configurable digitally-controlled AC-DC power supplies

XP Power announced the nanofleX series of configurable digitally-controlled AC-DC power supplies. This modular supply is constructed in a compact low profile 1U mechanical chassis format that suits today’s space constrained designs and can accommodate up to four single-slot plug-in customer selected output
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09/15/2016
Murata's 6 Watt DC-DC converter targets IGBT, SiC and MOSFET gate drive apps

MGJ6 isolated 6 Watt dual-output DC-DC converter

Murata announced an extension to their MGJ6 series of isolated 6 Watt dual output DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Optimized to suit the bipolar voltages required for high-side and low-side IGBT, SiC and MOSFET gate drive applications, the MGJ6 series is available now in SIP, DIP and a low profile
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09/15/2016
Get improved harvests with advanced LED plant-lighting solutions

ILS Petunia Development Kit

RS Components, a leading distributor for engineers, has introduced new LED-lighting components and kits that enable designers to create advanced products for boosting horticultural business performance. The Petunia series by Intelligent LED Solutions (ILS) features LED modules that generate various combinations
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09/15/2016
- Vector Software, the leading provider of innovative software solutions for embedded software quality, announced today that Ampyx Power, a developer of Airborne Wind Energy technology, has selected the VectorCAST test automation platform to support DO-178C Level A software testing requirements. Ampyx
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09/15/2016
Linear's robust 4Mbps CAN FD ÂμModule isolator improves system reliability

LTM2889 CAN µModule transceiver and isolator

Linear Technology introduced the LTM2889, a fully ISO 11898-2 compliant CAN (controller area network) µModule (micromodule) transceiver and isolator that guards against large ground-to-ground differentials and common mode transients in 3.3V or 5V applications. In practical CAN systems, ground potentials vary
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09/14/2016
Yokogawa Europe announced the launch of the WT1800E power analyzer. This new instrument introduces new standards of accuracy and flexibility in power measurement across a broad range of applications. Today’s energy conscious world is driving engineers towards an ever-increasing focus on energy conservation,
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09/14/2016
Maxim’s cell-string optimizer improves solar panel performance up to 30%

Maxim’s cell-string optimizer

New cell-string optimizer technology from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) allows photovoltaic (PV) panels to harvest significantly more energy and simplifies design complexity for solar installation projects. Maxim’s cell-string optimizers are highly integrated DC-DC converters that
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09/13/2016
The capacity of lithium-ion batteries might be increased by six times by using anodes made of silicon instead of graphite. A team from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (HZB) Institute of Soft Matter and Functional Materials has observed for the first time in detail how lithium ions migrate into thin films of silicon.
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09/12/2016
Schaffner unveils updated online power-quality simulator

PQS3 Power Quality Simulation tool

Schaffner EMC presents PQS3, an update to their acclaimed Power Quality Simulation tool which allows planners, consultants and application engineers to accurately model and simulate low voltage 3-phase network topologies. With this powerful online tool, users can simulate complex power networks and receive rapid
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09/09/2016
PSDcast - Tony Astley of GaN Systems on the future of the GaN marketplace

Tony Astley of GaN Systems

In this PSDcast Tony Astley, Director EMEA Sales Operations for GaN Systems, talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design about the future of the GaN marketplace. Between the unstable nature of adoption of a disruptive technology to the more real-world issues of consolidation in the semiconductor industry,
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09/09/2016
Linear's latest 30A supply monitor with integrated 300ÂμΩ sense resistor simplifies board-level energy measurements

LTC2947 power and energy monitor

Linear Technology introduced the LTC2947 power and energy monitor for 0V to 15V DC supply rails. Most power and energy monitoring ICs use an external sense resistor to measure current. However, choosing a sense resistor is not an easy task, especially when dealing with high currents, where available sense resistors
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09/08/2016
50A to 300A, Scalable ÂμModule Regulator Needs 60% Less Capacitance to Power Sub-28nm GPUs, FPGAs, ASICs & Processors

µModule® Regulator with Precision DC & Transient Voltage Accuracy for Advanced Digital Devices

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTM4650-1A and LTM4650-1B, dual 25A or single 50A µModule® (power module) regulators scalable to deliver 300A to high power, low voltage sub-28nm
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09/08/2016
Artesyn launches family of medical 650W AC-DC Supplies

CNS650-M series medical power supply

Artesyn Embedded Technologies announced its new wide input range, single-output CNS650-M series of medical power supplies. Contained within an industry standard 4 x 6 inch footprint, these units can deliver 650 W with forced-air cooling (750 W peak) or 400 W with free-air natural convection cooling (650 W peak)
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09/07/2016
Amantys' high-isolation DC-DC converter empowers high-voltage gate drive applications

High-isolation DC-DC converter to power high voltage gate drives

Amantys Power Electronics has launched a high-isolation DC-DC converter to power high voltage gate drives for 4500V and 6500V IGBT modules. The DC-DC converter is designed to comply with international standards, including EN 50155 for railway applications and IEC 61800-5-1 for variable speed motor drives. The
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09/07/2016
Qualcomm and Virginia Tech begin a multi-year collaboration this fall with the launch of the Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech's Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. The Thinkabit Lab experience offers both teachers and students an engaging learning environment—part lab, makerspace and classroom—to
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09/06/2016
Anritsu's ultraportable Site Master analyzer claims the smallest form factor available

Site Master S331P

Anritsu Company introduced the ultraportable Site Master S331P, presented as the lightest, smallest, fastest and most cost-efficient Site Master field cable and antenna analyzer ever developed. Addressing the market need for broad frequency coverage and high performance in an extremely compact and economical
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09/06/2016
TDK's robust AC capacitors tout long lifespan

EPCOS AC capacitors

TDK presents two new series of robust EPCOS alternating current (AC) capacitors. Both the cans and the tops of the components are constructed of aluminum, making them particularly robust. All capacitors in the B33331* and B33335* series are CE-compliant, have both VDE approval in accordance with EN/IEC 60252-1
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09/06/2016
PSDcast - Michele Grieshaber of Silicon Labs on the state of the embedded electronics industry

Michele Grieshaber of Silicon Labs

In this PSDcast Michele Grieshaber, Chief Marketing Officer of Silicon Labs, talks to Alix Paultre about the situation electronic design engineers find themselves in today. There are so many pressures and demands on the designer to create devices and products that are not only state of the art in power management,
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09/06/2016
Here we’ll show how Spice can be used to provide proximity loss results for magnetics windings. Proximity loss equations are solved for a set of frequencies, and a simulation circuit is generated which predicts the proper AC losses regardless of the current waveform. Inductor winding AC
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09/05/2016
It should come as no surprise to anyone that a the continuing adoption of Digital Power System Management (DPSM) within the communications and computer industries continues to  be driven, in large part, to the high current levels demanded by the sub-20nm ASICs and/or FPGAs that are at the core of their
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09/05/2016
In response to Google’s Little Box Challenge (LBC), our Virginia Tech team, the Future Energy Electronics Center (FEEC), decided to design a power inverter. As shown below, our design significantly surpassed the LBC specifications. Our final design exhibited a power density of 61.2 W/in3,
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09/05/2016
Industrial automation systems are undergoing a revolution to reduce latency and down time. This directly translates to increased profits for factory operators and machine builders.  Dubbed Industry 4.0, this effort will add more intelligence across the factory floor from HMI panels and controllers to communication
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09/05/2016
Smaller, smarter, and more powerful are market trends for low-power switched-mode power supply (SMPS) applications. Smaller requires the SMPS to have a more compact form factor – and, thus higher power density. Smarter requires intelligent system-to-system/system-to-human communication to ensure the systems
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09/05/2016
Measuring the resistance of something is a great deal more complicated if that resistance is very small. With bigger resistances, measurements can be as simple as connecting two leads between a digital multi-meter (DMM) and the device under test (DUT) and reading the number. With small resistances, the multitude
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09/03/2016
Thermal behavior is important to determining the lifetime performance of electronic system design and the power supply is a critical element in determining that behavior. Heat has a number of effects on a system. The most problematic at a system level is one of long-term reliability. High operating temperatures
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09/03/2016
In the last few years GaN based devices, both discrete FET’s and MMIC’s, have been released and widely used in high power microwave amplifier systems.  These devices, available from several foundry sources, are typically fabricated on 100mm SiC wafers.  GaN on Si processes are also under consideration,
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09/03/2016
This software, in combination with Rigol oscilloscopes (series DS/MSO2000A, DS/MSO4000 or DS6000) allows customers to set up small test systems, which represent a reasonably priced alternative for measuring switching power supply parameters during the development phase. Switching power supplies are
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09/03/2016
The implementation of the “Smart Grid” is accelerating rapidly.  Once just a vision in eyes of power engineers and utilities, the Smart Grid is swiftly taking shape.  A major driver in realizing a truly smart electrical grid is the adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs).  Grid-connected
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09/03/2016
In the last part of this series, we saw that only one of the modulator gains found in the literature can be confirmed with measurements. Furthermore, it is shown that the discrepancies in all the models are easily resolved by proper sampling of the system. Different current-mode modulator
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09/03/2016
Powerbox's high-performance supplies ready to power Industry 4.0

Powerbox series OBM33, OBM35, OBP37 and OBP38

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, introduced four new power supplies designed to power Industry 4.0 applications. As part of Powerbox Industrial Line, the four series are based on the latest power
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09/03/2016
Mouser and Grant Imahara release video on first-of-its-kind I.S.S. Design Challenge

I.S.S. Design Challenge

Mouser Electronics, a leading distributor of electronic components, released a new video for the International Space Station (I.S.S.) Design Challenge, part of Mouser’s award-winning Empowering Innovation Together program. In this new video, celebrity engineer Grant Imahara describes the first-of-its-kind
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09/03/2016

 



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